100 Years Ago: Belleville Aviator Prisoner of War, Major Miller Awarded D.S.O., Ad for Bakery Goods

The Intelligencer September 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Capt. Harold O. Wilkins, of the Royal Flying Corps, now a prisoner in Germany, writes to relatives in London that he is well, but would appreciate a supply of tobacco, while food of any kind would be very acceptable. Capt. Wilkins is a nephew of Miss Wilkins, Albert Street, and was brought up in Belleville, a graduate of the High School here and an active member of St. Thomas’ Church. …

While flying over the enemy lines one day his machine was badly shattered  in an aerial battle and although he made a gallant attempt to reach the British lines he was obliged to descend about three miles from headquarters and within the German lines. Two minutes after he landed he was surrounded and taken prisoner. Shortly after he had been officially reported as missing a German aviator flew over the British aerodrome to which Capt. Wilkins had been attached and dropped a message stating that the young aviator was a prisoner but in good health, also giving his address.

Since then letters have been received by relatives from Capt. Wilkins confirming the first tidings so kindly conveyed by an enemy aviator. Capt. Wilkins’ many friends in Belleville will be pleased to know that although a prisoner he is in good health and that he will not be permitted to go without food or tobacco goes without saying. His address is as follows: Capt. H. O. Wilkins, Officer Kriegsgefangenen, Lager, Karlsruhe, Germany.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1917 (page 3)

“Major Miller of 21st Batt. Awarded D.S.O. Acting Maj. A. F. Miller, who went overseas with the 21st Battalion as a lieutenant, has been awarded the D.S.O. In the battle of Lens he, after the Germans had recaptured ground taken by the Canadians, again won the ground back for the Canadians and himself accounted for several Germans with his revolver. His home is in Glen Miller, Ont.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1917 (page 8)

“Wartime Bakery Goods. Whole Wheat Bread. Whole Wheat Nut Loaf. Whole Wheat Cookies. Graham Gems. Cornmeal Muffins. Oatmeal Cakes. These are all wholesome and excellent. Chas. S. Clapp.”

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100 Years Ago: Memorial Service for Archibald Lambert, Gunner Alf Belton Returning, Gunner William Charles Burgis Seriously Ill, Women Must Save or Soldiers Starve, Christmas Joy for Boys in the Trenches

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Memorial Service. At Christ Church yesterday morning, a memorial service was held for Lance-Corporal Archibald Lambert, a member of that church, who was killed in action on September 11th. The rector, Rev. Dr. Blagrave, referred feelingly to the hero who had given his life in a noble cause. During the service the Dead March in Saul was rendered upon the organ by Mrs. Col. Campbell, organist, the congregation remained standing while it was being rendered.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Gunner Belton Returning. Mrs. Belton, 219 Front street, has received a letter from her husband, Gunner Alf. Belton, who has been wounded three times and is now on his way to Canada after serving three years at the front and passing through many hard battles with exciting experiences.

He states in his letter that he has been up to London to bid good-bye to his many friends there. His wounds still give him some trouble, and medical treatment will be continued in Canada. Gunner Belton will receive a cordial welcome from his many friends here.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Gunner Burgiss Seriously Ill. Mr. J. W. Burgiss, residing in this city received the following telegram which refers to his son: Ottawa, Sept. 22, 1917. J. W. Burgiss, 111 Foster Avenue, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 40286 Gunner W. E. Burgiss, artillery, officially reported seriously ill, 30th general hospital, Calais. Sept. 18th, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Gunner Burgiss enlisted with the 34th Battery the day the battery left this city. Previous to enlistment, he was employed at the rolling mills, being a horse shoe bender. He had previously been reported as both wounded and gassed.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 4)

“Women Must Save or Soldiers Starve. …  The housewives of Canada are not urged to save food so that they may save money or reduce the prices of food, though there may be an indirect tendency in this direction. They are asked to save food so that our soldiers may eat it. If they have to rise from the table with appetites not wholly appeased they are asked to remember that their inconvenience or even discomfort is as nothing compared with what our armies are called upon to endure. …

In reply to the suggestion that the people at home should go on eating as before the war, while the soldiers be permitted to eat the substitutes, it is only necessary to say that the substitutes cannot be preserved or packed and shipped as readily as white flour, bacon and beef. …

To waste in these days is a crime, for the sufferer is not the person who wastes, but the person who may go hungry because of that waste. We must eat up the scraps. The old-fashioned doctrine of the clean plate must be preached again. Housewives who have entrusted the whole duty of buying and preparing the food to service must recognize that they have a personal responsibility in the matter.

The work of the women of Canada is of vital importance. They must do the saving; the men must do the financing and the fighting. …  The women of Canada who have already shown such magnificent spirit, have it in their power to strike a blow for the Allied cause comparable to the blow their sons and brothers struck at Vimy Ridge.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 5)

“ ‘Merry Christmas.’ Christmas Joy for the Boys in the Trenches—Send a Message of Cheer. Not that any one of us thinks that such a thing could be possible, unless this awful war is ended, and even in that case it would not be a ‘Merry Christmas’ in many, many homes.

Our own happy day is not what we are considering. What we want is to give our dear ones far across the seas, in the trenches, in hospitals, in all places of peril and loneliness as merry a Christmas as we can provide through our individual efforts. With this aim, the collection in the Red Cross Penny Bags this month will not be divided as usual, and given for capital supplies and comforts for the soldiers, but will be given in its entirety for Christmas packages for our own soldiers. The more money we get the finer the package sent.

We want, if possible, to collect $500.00 or more in the bags, for this purpose, and this can easily be if every citizen who is giving through the Red Cross Penny Bags will double or treble his or her usual giving this month. Will you make this a special Christmas gift for our boys?

Separate parcels containing socks, other comforts and confections are to be addressed and sent to every officer and man who went from Belleville or this vicinity, and the committee in charge will be very much obliged if every person having the addresses of such men, will give these addresses to the collectors when they call for the bags or send them to Mrs. S. S. Lazier, corner of Victoria Ave. and John Street, Miss Hurley, 46 Queen Street, Mrs. St. Charles, Moira Street, or leave them at the Merchant’s Bank, corner of Bridge and Front Streets. Let no one be forgotten.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Food Service Pledge

The Intelligencer September 21, 1917 (page 5)

“‘Will they let Famine Fight Against Us?’ To us who stay at home, good meals, eaten in comfort, are a commonplace. But to our Sons, Husbands and Fathers ‘out there’ food is the only thing that matters. The possible lack of food forever haunts them. For without food, how can they ‘carry on.’

How can we refuse to eat a little less white bread, beef and bacon so that there will be enough of these non-perishable foods for them? The answer lies with each one of you.

Sign the Food Service Pledge Before it is Too Late.”

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100 Years Ago: Patriotic Societies Request Soldiers’ Addresses, Ad for Hydro Electric Irons

The Intelligencer September 20, 1917 (page 3)

“Address Wanted. Belleville Patriotic societies desire to secure a correct list of officers and soldiers from this vicinity who are serving overseas, whether in hospital or on the firing line, and relatives will confer a favor by sending the addresses to the Intelligencer office as soon as possible.”

The Intelligencer September 20, 1917 (page 6)

“If We Could Save 1/7 the Coal Consumption in Ontario—If we could even leave the range cold for one day per week, we could divert many thousands of tons of fuel to more needed uses.

Ironing Day May Be Coal-Less by the use of the Hydro electric iron, backed by Hydro power. It will mean not only co-operation with a war government, but a less tiring day, a successful ironing easily done.

Hydro irons are the best. Made from plans which call for the elimination of every weakness. They cost but $4.00 and we are so sure of their strength that we guarantee them for 5 years of use.

Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. Go to your Hydro shop and get a demonstration to-day.”

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100 Years Ago: Food Card Pledges Signed, Belleville Medical Board Appointed, Douglas Graham Wins Military Cross, Poster for Food Service Pledge

The Intelligencer September 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Food Card Pledges. This city was yesterday and today canvassed by a number of ladies and Food Controller pledge cards were left in all the houses. In a great majority of cases the signature of the housewife was readily obtained. In many cases it was necessary to make an explanation of the object in signing the cards, which explanation was readily given and had the desired effect.”

The Intelligencer September 19, 1917 (page 2)

“The Medical Board of this city in connection with the Military Service Act is composed of Major Dr. A. E. McColl, Capt. Dr. W. J. Gibson and Capt. Dr. R. Tennent. The Board has been organized and have opened quarters upstairs in the Armouries. The office will be opened for a portion of the forenoon, the latter portion of the afternoon, and in the evening when necessary.

The object of the Board meeting now is to examine those who come under the first draft, namely from 20 to 34 years, before the rush of applicants as will be the case when the proclamation is issued.

Two copies of each man’s medical history sheet will be prepared and the applicant must sign both. One goes to the military headquarters, the other is retained by himself to be attached to his application for service or for exemption later on. …

Under the Act all males between the ages designated must appear before the Medical Board, no matter whether the applicant has previously been rejected or even returned from active service. None whatever are exempt. It is advisable that as many as possible get examined before the Board prior to the proclamation being issued.”

The Intelligencer September 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Graham Won Military Cross. In the issue of ‘Canada,’ an English publication, under date of Aug. 25th, 1917, appears the following: ‘Lieut. Douglas Graham was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading forward reinforcements at a critical moment, his energy and determination enabled counter attacks to be driven off, one of which he repulsed practically unaided except by one N.C.O. He personally accounted for six of the enemy and his initiative and gallantry saved a difficult situation. Lieut. Graham is a resident of Sidney Township.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 19, 1917 (page 5)

“When You Eat Dinner To-day. Give thanks, please, to those valiant men who, on the fields of France and Flanders, hold back the Hordes of Destruction, and make possible the peaceful enjoyment of your meal.

Some of those men have not had a sight of a home meal for three years. Home to them is a vision—a hope—a prayer. Will you let them suffer still further for want of food? You cannot—will not—must not.

Resolve then, to sign and live up to the letter of the Food Service Pledge.”

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100 Years Ago: Meeting on Food Problem Held, Red Cross Society September Report, Eat More Fish, Poster for Food Service Pledge, Cecil Holway Wounded

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Under the auspices of the Ladies’ Patriotic Societies of this city a public meeting was held in the city hall last evening, the object of which was to hear an address delivered by Dr. Helen McMurchy, of Toronto, relative to the food problem, which is at present intensely interesting to housewives. There was a fair attendance of ladies, but the gentlemen were conspicuous by their absence.

The address of Dr. McMurchy was excellent and full of information. …  Owing to so many million men being in uniform their work for the time being has been withdrawn from the pursuits of production and their services are lost in that direction; but they require to be fed, and must be fed. …

We are at the present time particularly asked not to waste. Unconsciously millions of dollars’ worth of food is wasted annually in Canada. Had we not better revise our plans for the table? …  Dr. McMurchy stated that fish was a splendid food and we could live upon it without eating meat. But we are not asked to do this, but simply to save one-quarter of the meat, and we can surely do it.

We should be willing to do this for those who are fighting for us, for it is for them we are asked to make this little sacrifice. Men there are sacrificing their all for us. This war is a war to end war, and we must assist to win this great cause. (Applause)”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 3)

“The Canadian Red Cross Society, Belleville Cheese Board District Branch, Report for September. Letters have been received acknowledging shipments from the following:

Lady Perley, Chairman, the Canadian War Contingent Association: ‘I have to acknowledge with the grateful thanks of the Association two consignments from the Belleville Cheese Board District Branch C. R. C. S. which have just come to hand.’ …

Headquarters Belgian Relief. ‘The box containing six quilts and three pillows forwarded by the Belleville Cheese Board District Branch C. R. C. S. arrived yesterday.’ …

French wounded Emergency Fund, London, Eng. ‘Two such splendid boxes arrived to-day from the Belleville Cheese Board Association. …  Will you please express the very sincere thanks of this Committee for the assistance rendered us for the continuance of our work both in the Hospitals and amongst the civilian population.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 4)

“Eat More Fish. Canada produces plenty of fish and should have a plentiful supply for home consumption. …  Tell people to ask their dealer for fresh fish. Ask him why he does not get fresh salt water fish. By arrangement through the Food Controller special fish cars have been provided to bring Atlantic fish to Central Canada to sell at fair prices so that people may be encouraged to eat more fish and save beef and bacon. …

Fish is especially suitable for people of the cities at indoor or sedentary occupations. Fish restores nervous energy, and is especially suitable for brain workers. Fish costs 10 to 20 cents a pound retail, whereas beef costs about 30 cents a pound and bacon 45. Eat more fish and save beef and bacon.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 5)

“Comrades in Service! In years to come you will recall with Pride the day you signed the Food Service Pledge. For it is your Dedication to War Service.

Be a Comrade. Dedicate yourself and your family to War Service. Display the window card.

Sign and Live Up to the Food Service Pledge.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 7)

“Accidentally Wounded. Mr. A. H. Holway, residing at 165 Church street in this city, on Sunday received the following telegram which relates to his son: Ottawa, Sept. 15th. Sincerely regret to inform you that 113301 Pte. Cecil Holway, infantry, officially reported admitted to South Field Ambulance Depot, September 8th, 1917, self inflicted. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Pte. Holway enlisted with the 8th C.M.R. and left with that battalion from Kingston.”


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100 Years Ago: War Badges to Be Issued, Gunner Jack Clark Gassed, Memorial Service for Bert Post, Poster for Food Service Pledge, King’s Message to Canada on Food

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Ottawa. An order-in-Council providing for the issue of war badges by the Canadian Government to members of the Canadian Forces who have been honorably discharged, or who have been rejected as medically unfit, was tabled in the Commons. …

The first class consists of members of the C.E.F. who have seen active service at the front, and in case of officers, have been honorably retired, or in the case of N.C.O.’s and men, have been honorably discharged, or been returned to or retained in Canada on duty.

The second class consists of officers or men who have been honorably discharged on account of old age, wounds or sickness, which would render them permanently unfit for further military service.

The third class consists of members of the C.E.F. not included in the preceding classes, who have been honorably retired on account of old age, wounds or sickness.

Class four consists of men who, prior to Aug. 10 offered themselves for active service and were rejected as and still are medically unfit. …  Penalties for misrepresentation, falsely wearing a badge, or illegally manufacturing them, are provided.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Gunner Clarke Gassed. Mrs. Wm. Clark, College Street, received the following telegram from Ottawa yesterday: ‘Regret to inform you that 300324 Gunner Jack Clark, artillery, gassed Sept. 9, and admitted to No. 3 Ambulance Depot. Will send further particulars when received. Officers of Records.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Memorial Service. At Christ Church yesterday morning a portion of the service was devoted to a memorial service for the late Pte. Bert Post, who recently died from wounds received in action in France. The service was of an impressive nature, and the rector, Rev. Dr. Blagrave, spoke feelingly and sympathetically of the bereaved family, two of whom have made the supreme sacrifice within a year. Mrs. Col. Campbell presided at the organ, and the Dead March in Saul was played as the congregation remained reverently in attendance. Many were in attendance at the service.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Canada! Ypres, April 22-24, 1915. They Also Serve Who Sign and Live Up to The Food Service Pledge! Woman’s Auxiliary, Organization of Resources Committee, in Co-operation with The Hon. W. J. Hanna, Food Controller.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 4)

“The King’s Message to Canada. ‘I learn with the deepest gratification of the effective steps being taken in the Dominion of Canada towards providing those increased supplies of food which are absolutely essential to the defeat of the enemy’s devices and to a speedy and successful termination of the war. I have no doubt that the self-sacrifice displayed on the battlefields of France by my heroic troops will find its counterpart in the efforts of those who, at home in the Dominion, are devoting themselves to this work. All those thus loyally engaged contribute in important measure towards assuring victory.’—George R.I.”


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100 Years Ago: War Menus, Military Supplies, Fenton Brownell and Charles Danford Killed in Action, Poster for Canadian Naval Patrol, First Anniversary of Temperance Act, Poster for Food Service Pledge

The Intelligencer September 15, 1917 (page 1)

“War Menus. How to Save Wheat, Beef and Bacon for the Men at the Front. Issued from the office of the Food Controller for Canada.

Menu for Sunday. Breakfast: Fresh Fruit, Oatmeal Porridge, Toast, Marmalade, Tea or Coffee, Milk, Sugar. Dinner: Cold Roast Veal, Tomato Catsup, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread and Butter, Oatmeal Cookies, Jelly. Supper: Tomato Salad, Bread and Butter, Fruit in Season, Cake, Tea, Milk, Sugar.”

The Intelligencer September 15, 1917 (page 3)

“Supplies for Soldiers. The specifications governing the tenders for military supplies for the battery which will winter in Belleville, embrace a period of four months from October 1.”

The Intelligencer September 15, 1917 (page 3)

“Death of a Hero. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Danford of Farady [Faraday] Township were officially notified that their eldest son, Pte. Charles Danford, had been killed in action ‘somewhere in France’ on Aug. 15th. He went overseas with the 155th battalion from Belleville and was one of the heroes who helped take Vimy Ridge. He was operating a machine gun and was killed while bravely doing his duty.

During the battle of Vimy Ridge a comrade, Pte. Finton Brownell, was killed while operating this gun and Pte. Danford took his place and kept a constant fire into the German lines till the enemy was routed and the victory won.”

[Note: Private Fenton Brownell of Coe Hill, Ontario died on April 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 209 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Charles William Danford died on August 15, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 225 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 15, 1917 (page 3)

“If You Hold A 4th Class Engineer Certificate as issued by the Department of Marine or its English equivalent and are a British Subject you are probably eligible for one of the vacancies as Engine Room Artificer in the newly commissioned ships of the Canadian Naval Patrol. It is an effective way to place your qualifications at the service of your country during the War.”

The Intelligencer September 15, 1917 (page 6)

“Tomorrow the Temperance Act will have been in force one year, and the advocates of the reform are well satisfied with the results. Premier Sir William Hearst is especially pleased with the way in which the people have observed the law. …  ‘Reports from all parts of the province indicate the success of the measure as well as the great benefits that are resulting from it. One very gratifying result of the act is the increased efficiency of the workers of this province in every branch of production. …

This is a good thing for the workers and for their families and for their employers as well, and is a great thing for the country at a time when all our energies are required to save the empire from destruction. In this way a patriotic purpose of the highest order has been served.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 15, 1917 (page 10)

“Once More Canada Must Stand in the Gap, Once More Must Hold the Lines of Communication.

Next week a Food Service Pledge and Window Card will be delivered to you. The Pledge is your Dedication to War Service—the Window Card is your Emblem of Honour.

Serve Our Heroes—Sign the Food Service Pledge.”



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100 Years Ago: Supplies for 73rd Battery, Percy Ketcheson Welcomed Home, Food Conservation Campaign Begins, Ad for Lifebuoy, Poster for Food Service Pledge, Letter of Thanks

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Supplies for Soldiers. Tenders have been called for supplies for the 73rd Battery which will be stationed in Belleville this winter. The battery will leave Petawawa camp this month.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Welcomed Home. Major Percy K. Ketcheson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Ketcheson, of this city, who has been invalided home, arrived here yesterday afternoon by G. T. R. and was met at the station by a number of relatives and friends and escorted to the home of his parents.

Ald. Woodley, acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Ketcheson, was present, and on behalf of the citizens extended to the young hero a hearty welcome home.

Major Ketcheson had many exciting and interesting experiences on the firing line and was finally put out of action by a dose of German gas and wounds. After receiving medical treatment in English military hospitals, he was invalided home.”

[Note: It is reported in The Intelligencer on September 14, 1917, that Major Ketcheson was not gassed, but was wounded in the trenches.]

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Save Food and Help To Win the War. The thrift campaign under the auspices of the Food Controller of Canada to conserve food and prevent waste in the interest of keeping the armies and allied countries supplied with food so that the war may not be lost through lack of necessary supplies, is now actively begun and members of Belleville patriotic societies will make a house to house canvass to enlist the active co-operation of all citizens.

Citizens who subscribe to the food service pledge are requested to display the ‘Win the War’ card prominently in a window where the public can see it. The Food Service Pledge is to be hung in the dining room.

The distribution of the pledge cards begins next Monday, Sept. 17th in every city and town in Ontario. …  Each president or her representative is to be a captain of a number of workers from her society and will plan with the other captains of her own ward just what streets they will take.

All the captains are earnestly requested to attend a lecture or talk at the City Hall on Monday evening, when the subject will be very exhaustively dealt with by Dr. Helen McMurchy of Toronto. Dr. McMurchy is one of the members of the board in her own city along this same line of work, and her remarks will be of great help.

The clergy of the city are co-operating heartily along this line of thrift and food conservation and the subject will be mentioned in all the churches on Sunday, Sept. 16. It is to be hoped there will be a large attendance of the women of Belleville Monday evening to hear Dr. McMurchy, and citizens should read carefully all the references to food conservation in the local papers, so that those who are distributing the pledge cards will not have to give a long and detailed explanation with every card handed out.

Be ready to sign the card and return at once to the canvassers. We must learn to save time as well as food and money.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 3)

“Lifebuoy for the ‘Counter-attack.’ All day long he’s been standing the attacks of dirt, dust, grime, germs and microbes. Now for the counter-attack. Lifebuoy to the front! Its rich, creamy lather for skin, shampoo and bath—or for socks, shirts, handkerchiefs, etc., makes short work of ‘the enemy.’ Lifebuoy Health Soap.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 6)

“They Shall Not Pass. The Immortal Cry of Canada at the Second Battle of Ypres.

Thou Shalt Not Want. The Undying Pledge of Canada’s Mothers to Her Sons.

Sign and Live Up To Your Food Service Pledge.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 7)

“Letters from Overseas. From Chas. H. Brook. My Dear Mrs. MacColl:—I have just received the second trench box to-day, and have just finished distributing the contents. I had notification of its arrival some days ago, but was not in a position where I could look after it until to-day. I was anxious to get it because I knew just how welcome the parcels would be as the boys are in great need of socks, notepaper and tobacco, and the lucky ones whom I gave the parcels to are greatly pleased. …

I see several of the boys answering the cards which were enclosed, and they come to me to ask me if I know the address, which in most cases I do. The playing cards and scrap books will mean much to the boys, Mrs. MacColl, for there is often a little time when one longs for something to read.

I must tell you that I felt very proud of Belleville and the girls of the St. Julien Chapter, when I was giving the parcels out, for their work is greatly appreciated, I assure you, and I have not seen in France any evidence of greater work being done by any other society or chapter of its kind, than that of the St. Julien, and I feel very proud of the Chapter and the city. …

We have been very busy the past couple of months and are looking forward to a little rest soon. Again thanking you on behalf of the boys, for the kind work of the chapter. I am Very sincerely, Chas. H. Brook.”

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100 Years Ago: Exemption Tribunal Appointments, Fuel Controller Warns Coal Dealers, Sergeant Hyland Not Wounded, Bert Post Dies of Wounds, Cheaper Coal Available

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 1)

“Exemption Tribunals Who Will Act Here. His Honor Judge Deroche has permitted the publication of his letter to the Department of Justice in regard to his appointments under the Military Service Act. The letter is as follows: Judge’s Chambers, Belleville, Sept. 11, 1917. E. L. Newcombe, Deputy Minister of Justice:

Dear Sir:—The names of those I propose to act on local tribunals for Hastings County under the Military Service Act are as follows:

Belleville—His Honor Judge Wills, Belleville. Trenton—T. A. O’Rourke, Police Magistrate, Trenton. Deseronto—Henry R. Bedford, Police Magistrate, Deseronto. Marmora—Thos. A. Laycock, Reeve Marmora and Lake Township, Marmora. Stirling—George A. Thrasher, barrister, Stirling. Madoc—William Cross, barrister, Madoc. Tweed—Philip K. Newton, druggist, Tweed. Bancroft—George L. Jarman, Police Magistrate, Bancroft.

I have not yet obtained the consent of all. If I find it is impossible for any of them to act will reserve the right to appoint a substitute. As soon as I hear from all I will wire you confirming these appointments or naming any substitutes.

I have personally not mentioned myself so I may be used to hear appeals if thought wise. Very Sincerely, G. E. Deroche, County Judge.”

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 1)

“Coal Dealers Warned Not to Increase Prices. Ottawa. C. A. Magrath, Canadian Fuel Controller, has issued a warning to coal dealers that they are not to increase prices, now that winter is approaching, without first making representations to him. …

‘I wish to appeal particularly to the dealers in our towns and cities where large quantities of coal are handled in small lots, to deal in a generous manner with the small users of coal, and add as little as possible to the heavy burdens they are now carrying. On the other hand the housekeeper should co-operate in laying in his supply as soon as possible.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Sergt. Hyland Not Wounded. Mrs. Hyland, of this city, a few days ago received a telegram from the Director of Records, which conveyed the intelligence that her husband, Sergt. T. E. Hyland had been wounded. This, it appears was an error, as the following telegram explains:

Ottawa, Sept. 12th. Mrs. Ellen Hyland, 162 Coleman St., Belleville. Referring to my telegram September 4th, reporting 219510 Sergt. Thos. Edward Hyland, infantry, wounded, cable from England states report now cancelled. Director of Records.

Mrs. Hyland also received a letter from her husband this morning written on August 17, and he had just come out of the trenches, and he was reported wounded August 16th. In his letter he said while waiting to go to England for his commission, he had been promoted Company Sergeant Major.”

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Doubly Bereaved. The family of Mr. Daniel Post in this city, will receive the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens in the double bereavement which has overtaken them within a year, owing to the war. On September 13th, 1916, Private William Post was killed, and to-day a message was received here that a brother, Private Bert Post, died at Moore’s Hospital, England, as the result of wounds received in action on June 3rd, 1916.

The brave young hero had been in the hospital for some months. He enlisted and went overseas in October, 1915 with the 8th C.M.R. of Kingston. The brother, who was killed was also a member of the same corps.”

[Note: Lance Corporal William Post died on September 11, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 149 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Bert Nelson Post died on September 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 310 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 7)

“Cheaper Coal Possible. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir:—In The Intelligencer yesterday you say that ‘coal is being sold for ten dollars a ton in Belleville.’

This morning the writer was shown first-class egg coal that was delivered to a consumer here less than three weeks ago for $8.75 per ton. This was not sold by a local dealer, but was brought here in a car lot. My informant bought ten tons and it was represented as being Scranton coal, and I may say that I have the utmost confidence in the information imparted to me as I am well acquainted with the purchaser from whom I obtained the information.

It looks to me as if the time has now arrived for our coal committee, appointed by the Council, to get busy. Yours, Economy. Sept. 12, 1917.”

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